Congressman Dan Kildee Speaks on the House Floor to Recognize UAW President Dennis Williams
“Mr. Speaker, I am proud today to recognize Dennis Williams as he retires from the United Auto Workers after more than 40 years of service to the union and our country. I’ve known Dennis for many, many years. Throughout his career, he has led the fight to protect the right to collectively bargaining and ensure that all workers—not just those in the union—have fair pay and safe working conditions.
Like the UAW itself, Dennis has always been committed to securing economic and social justice for all workers. His experience has carried him through diverse sectors of the UAW, giving him a wide-ranging expertise across the spectrum. He started at UAW Local 806 as a salvage welder. He served in many positions—bargaining chairman, International Representative, Region 4 Director before becoming the International President in 2016.
Dennis’ service and success at the bargaining table led to a better quality of life for the UAW’s more than 400,000 workers and 580,000 retirees, many of whom I’m proud to represent in my home district.
I am grateful to work with leaders like Dennis who have changed our communities for the better. We will miss Dennis’ voice and his leadership in the union, but we know it won’t be lost to the country as he begins the next chapter of his life. Congratulations Dennis on work well done.”